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Movie Review – Final Portrait (2017)

Final Portrait, 2017

Directed by Stanley Tucci

Starring Geoffrey Rush, Armie Hammer, Clemence Poesy, Sylvie Testud and Tony Shalhoub.

Synopsis:

American writer and art-lover James Lord pays a visit to Paris in 1964 and is asked by his friend, artist Alberto Giacometti, to sit for a portrait. It should only take a few days so the flattered Lord agrees. But the creative process takes longer and is more complicated and unpredictable than he could ever have imagined.

It’s ten years since Stanley Tucci last stepped behind the camera: his last film as a director was Blind Date, when he also starred opposite Patricia Clarkson. For his latest, Final Portrait, he doesn’t venture away from the director’s chair, except for writing the script.

His bio-pic of the artist and sculptor Albert Giacometti (Geoffrey Rush) is no life story in the conventional sense, concentrating instead on just a few weeks and
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Berlinale 2017: Geoffrey Rush Delights as Giacometti in 'Final Portrait'

Nothing like watching artists work. Final Portrait is a film directed by Stanley Tucci (of Blind Date, The Impostors, Big Night previously) starring actor Geoffrey Rush playing the famed Swiss artist Alberto Giacometti. If you don't know who Giacometti is, it's better to get acquainted with him and his incredible sculpture work before getting into this film. Final Portrait tells the story of, literally, his final portrait as an artist - a painting he did of an American novelist who was visiting Paris, where his studio was, in the 1960s. The film has a small, intimate feel to it exploring the pained life and quirky antics of a great artist, which is becoming increasingly common these days (e.g. Inside Llewyn Davis, Maudie, Mr. Turner, Love & Mercy). Armie Hammer plays James Lord, an American novelist who has been profiling Giacometti and is already friends with him at the start. Giacometti
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Berlinale 2017: Final Portrait Review

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Author: Stefan Pape

Though renowned primarily for his work in front of the screen, Final Portrait marks the fifth directorial outing for Stanley Tucci, with that spanning across two decades – and you’d have to go back half of that time for the last one, which was Blind Date back in 2007. This is the first time Tucci has opted not to star in one of his productions however, leaving all of his focus on the narrative at hand – and it’s a sacrifice that has paid off, as tonally this production was one presented with many obstacles, and yet it’s exactly here where the endeavour thrives.

Armie Hammer plays James Lord, a journalist, and close friend of the venerable, eccentric Swiss artist Alberto Giacometti (Geoffrey Rush), who has agreed to pose for a portrait, promising to sit for the renowned post-impressionist painter one afternoon. If only that was the case,
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Berlin sets competition, adds Amazon and BBC drama premieres

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Berlin sets competition, adds Amazon and BBC drama premieres
Stanley Tucci, Catherine Deneuve dramas join competition; TV dramas and Oleg Sentsov doc set to get world premiere.

The Berlin International Film Festival has finalised its competition and Berlinale Special strands.

Joining the festival in Out Of Competition berths are Stanley Tucci-directed Final Portrait and Catherine Deneuve drama Sage Femme.

James Gray’s The Lost City Of Z will have its interntional premiere while documentary The Trial: The State of Russia vs Oleg Sentsov will have its world premiere.

Among TV world premieres are Amazon’s Patriot and BBC One’s SS-gb.

In total, 18 of the 24 films selected for Competitionwill be competing for the Golden and the Silver Bears. 22 of the films will have their world premieres at the festival.

For the third time, Berlinale Special Series will present a selection of TV series in the official programme. Six German and international productions will have their world premieres at the Haus der Berliner Festspiele this year
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Berlin finalises competition, adds TV premieres

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Berlin finalises competition, adds TV premieres
Stanley Tucci, Catherine Deneuve dramas join competition; TV dramas and Oleg Sentsov doc set to get world premiere.

The Berlin International Film Festival has finalised its competition and Berlinale Special strands.

Joining the competition are

18 of the 24 films selected for Competition will be competing for the Golden and the Silver Bears. 22 of the films will have their world premieres at the festival.

The Berlinale Special will present recent works by contemporary filmmakers, documentaries, and extraordinary formats, as well as brand new series from around the world.

Berlinale Special Galas will be held at the Friedrichstadt-Palast and Zoo Palast. Other Special premieres will take place at the Kino International. Moderated discussions will follow the screenings at the Haus der Berliner Festspiele.

For the third time, Berlinale Special Series will present a selection of TV series in the official programme. Six German and international productions will have their world premieres at the Haus der Berliner Festspiele this year. Audiences
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Geoffrey Rush In The Picture For Final Portrait

Geoffrey Rush In The Picture For Final Portrait
Stanley Tucci hasn’t written and directed a film since 2007’s Blind Date, as the acting side of his career has kept him busy. But he’s headed back behind the camera for a drama called Final Portrait. And Tucci has hired Geoffrey Rush to star.Tucci is once more pulling double duty for the film, which will chronicle the friendship between American art critic James Lord who agrees to sit for a portrait by his friend, noted Swiss painter Alberto Giacometti. Unfortunately, though the two knew each other socially, Lord wasn’t quite prepared for the demanding nature of the artist at work and the experience tests their relationship to the limit.The script has been adapted from Lord’s writing on the experience, A Giacometti Portrait, and Tucci’s producers will be busy rustling up distributors at the Berlin International Film Festival this week. Rush is, as ever,
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Geoffrey Rush Sits For Stanley Tucci’s ‘Final Portrait’

Geoffrey Rush Sits For Stanley Tucci’s ‘Final Portrait’
Exclusive- Geoffrey Rush (The King’s Speech) is set to star in Final Portrait, a drama written and directed by Stanley Tucci (The Hunger Games).

The film follows the relationship between American art critic James Lord who decides to sit for a portrait by his friend, the legendary Swiss painter Alberto Giacometti. He is unprepared, however, for the painter’s demanding intensity, and the experience tests their relationship to the core.

The script is based on Lord’s own work A Giacometti Portrait.

Gail Egan of Potboiler Productions (Our Kind of Traitor) is producing, along with Ilan Girard, Fred Hogg and Olive Productions.

The multi-talented Tucci, who stars in Sky Atlantic’s eagerly anticipated TV series Fortitude, has previously directed a number of features, including Big Night and Blind Date.

Hanway Films is selling international rights and will be introducing it to buyers at the upcoming Berlin International Film Festival,
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Stanley Tucci Talks Transformers: Age Of Extinction, Working with Michael Bay, Filming the Action, Alan Rickman’s A Little Chaos, and More

Stanley Tucci is one of those actors that shines in every genre and role. I won't list his great resume, but check it out on IMDb and you'll see someone that has consistently done excellent work for almost three decades and acted in over 100 projects. He's also a writer-director helming projects of his own like Big Night, The Impostors and Blind Date. In his latest role for Michael Bay's Transformers: Age of Extinction, Tucci plays the head of a tech company that develops weapons. At the Hong Kong press day for the film, I talked to Tucci about working with Bay, the new technology that was used on the film (like the new IMAX 4K 3D digital camera), playing a role that's serious while also providing levity, filming the action, and getting to work with Alan Rickman on his movie A Little Chaos. Hit the jump to watch. If
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Stanley Tucci: 'I'd like to direct a film next'

Stanley Tucci: 'I'd like to direct a film next'
Stanley Tucci has revealed that he would like to direct another movie.

The Hunger Games actor previously directed Blind Date in 2007.

He revealed his plans for the future to Pa, saying: "I haven't directed a movie for a few years so I'm ready to do that again.

"I have a couple of movies - one for HBO that I might do with Meryl Streep and one that I might do next year. I shouldn't say anything until we work it all out."

Tucci also spoke about his role in Michael Bay's fourth Transformers film, Age of Extinction.

"This was a hard year - for the last five months, I was doing this big Transformers movie so I was away a lot. But I just finished so now I can take a little break," he said.

"I like to stay around the house and potter around with the kids and cook.
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'The Hunger Games' Cast Talent Show

The fact that the cast of "The Hunger Games" has on-screen talent is a no-brainer. Just look at their Oscar cred!

That bunch knows how to sizzle before the camera. But did you know Jennifer Lawrence (Katniss Everdeen) can also air-puppetteer her own face? Or that Josh Hutcherson (Peeta Mellark) can make an insane cricket chirping noise on cue? Or that Liam Hemsworth (Gale Hawthorne) can perform magic tricks for a crowd?

Just watch this throwback interview with Yahoo! UK.

The vid got us thinking about what other talents the "Hunger Games" gang have up their sleeves, so we did a little digging and found out that some members of the cast have a knack for sports, music, fine cuisine and more.

Jennifer Lawrence

She might've made her big splash in Hollywood by portraying a sober down-but-not-out Appalachian in "Winter's Bone," but Jennifer Lawrence is known to be quite the free-flowing chatterbox.
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Sundance Channel expanding to cover this year’s film fest

By Sean O’Connell

Hollywoodnews.com: Whether you are heading to this year’s Sundance Film Festival – which begins on Thursday in Park City, Utah – or following every happening from the comfort of your own home, it sounds like the Sundance Channel is ramping up its coverage to bring most of the fest to you.

For the first time in the channel’s history, Sundance Channel is officially setting up an on-site headquarters – located at 692 Main Street – which will play host to an all-access, multimedia experience for Sundance Film Festival patrons.

“All eyes are on the Sundance Film Festival every year, and no wonder: it’s a one-of-kind event on the film calendar, a place to get early indications of what’s next in our culture. We’re proud to share the Sundance name and it’s only fitting that we create an exciting media event on all of our
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Patty Clarkson's 2010 Triple: Cairo Time, Easy A and Shutter Island

Patty and the NYC premiere

this summerEarlier this month I met with Patricia Clarkson to discuss another fine year in one of the most pleasurable of modern character actor filmographies. Hers. I was waiting for the right opportunity to share it with you, and since Cairo Time is out on DVD, Academy voters are busy weighing the various Best Actress options, and today is Patty's 51st birthday, it was high time.

Through an unfortunate scheduling snafu I was less prepared when I met her than I am accustomed to being. I apologized with a wee warning that I'd be winging it. I bring this up because, as many of will remember, I have closely clocked her career. She came in at #2 in my 2005 countdown "Actresses of the Aughts" (yes we should revisit that list now that the decade has wrapped) and because I just want to share the unedited transcript.
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Your Daily Fix Of Oscar: 11/16/10

Hollywood-Elsewhere and Awards Daily: Jeff Wells and Sasha Stone post the latest edition of their podcast “Oscar Poker,” and their guests this week are box office analyst Phil Contrino and our very own Scott Feinberg. The quartet discuss possibilities for the “tenth slot” in the best picture race; the tight race for best actress and the wide open race for best supporting actress; and the prospects for performances that have not been widely seen but have passionate supporters, like Tilda Swinton in “I Am Love,” who Sasha and Scott believe should be talking up her explicit sex scenes in the film in order to court attention (as has been done already by the folks behind “Blue Valentine”).

Deadline New York: Mike Fleming confirms reports that producer Scott Rudin — whose 2010 credits includes “The Social Network,” “True Grit,” and “The Way Back” — will receive the Producers Guild of America’s 2011 David O. Selznick Achievement Award,
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Stanley Tucci & Patricia Clarkson Will Co-host Gotham Awards

The Ifp announced earlier today that two indie film stalwarts will be co-hosting this year’s Gotham Independent Film Awards: Stanley Tucci and Patricia Clarkson.

Veterans of the stage and screen (both large and small), Clarkson is coming off a busy year where she received rave reviews for playing the lead in Cairo Time and starred in Hollywood projects Shutter Island and Easy A (which Tucci also starred in). Tucci, who received a Gotham Awards tribute last year, was nominated for a Best Supporting Oscar last year for his performance in The Lovely Bones and will be seen next in Burlesque.

The two actors have known each other for many years, including starring opposite one another in Tucci’s last directing effort, 2007′s Blind Date.

“We were delighted to hear that Meryl Streep and Philip Seymour Hoffman passed on hosting the Gotham Awards this year,” said Tucci and Clarkson in a press…
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Gotham Awards Hosted By Stanley Tucci And Patricia Clarkson

Gotham Awards Hosted By Stanley Tucci And Patricia Clarkson
Still waiting for the Academy to decide on an Oscar host, but the Gotham Awards have found two hosts for its upcoming fete. Independent film fixtures Stanley Tucci and Patricia Clarkson will host the 20th Annual Gotham Independent Film Awards on November 29. Clarkson and Tucci just starred together in the Tucci-directed Blind Date. She's coming off Cairo Time, which won Best Canadian Feature at the Toronto International Film Festival, Legendary, Easy A and Shutter Island. Tucci is coming off Julie & Julia and The Lovely Bones, the latter of which got him an Oscar nomination for an exceptionally creepy performance. Presenters so far include Julianna Moore, Anne Hathaway, Jesse Eisenberg, Barbara Kopple, Anthony Mackie, Leighton Meester, Rosie Perez, Sam Rockwell, John Turturro and Michelle Williams.
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Streep and Fey to be Mommy & Me

Stanley Tucci-directed film will reportedly focus on the thorny and funny sides of mother-daughter relationships

Meryl Streep and Tina Fey are to play mother and daughter in a comedy titled Mommy & Me, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

Stanley Tucci, best known for starring in The Lovely Bones and Julie & Julia (in which he appeared opposite Streep), will take the director's chair. His behind-the-camera CV includes 2008's Blind Date and 1996's critically acclaimed Big Night.

The particulars of Mommy & Me's storyline are being kept under wraps, but the film is said to focus on the thorny and funny sides of mother-daughter relationships.

Besides starring in the sitcom 30 Rock, Fey has been nurturing a burgeoning film career, appearing opposite Steve Carell in the comedy Date Night earlier this year.

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Sony picks up Meryl Streep/Tina Fey comedy

Meryl Streep and Tina Fey will play mother and daughter in "Mommy & Me," and Sony Pictures has officially picked up the comedy project, which Stanley Tucci will direct. Tucci also helmed "Blind Date."

The Hollywood Reporter says no story details are being released, but the film will obviously deal with all the problems and funy aspects that come with mother-daughter relationships.

Joby Harold penned the treatment. Streep starred with Tucci in "Julie & Julia" and "The Devil Wears Prada." Fey, the "30 Rock" star, was last seen in "Date Night." She will next be heard in "Megamind."
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Tina Fey, Meryl Streep eye Stanley Tucci’s ‘Mommy & Me’

HollywoodNews.com: Tina Fey is in talks to star with Meryl Streep in Stanley Tucci’s fifth feature as director, “Mommy & Me.”

Currently, per the L.A. Times, there aren’t any writers attached and CAA is currently shopping the project to studios, ideally Sony.

Tucci is also producing the feature along with his partners Steve Buscemi and Wren Arthur through their Olive Productions company.

No word if Tucci will reunite on-camera again with Streep; their previous acting credits include “The Devil Wears Prada” and “Julie & Julia.”

“Mommy & Me” is said to be a comedy-drama that centers on a mother-daughter relationship against the backdrop of Hollywood.

Tucci’s last film as director was 2007’s “Blind Date” starring Patricia Clarkson.

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Streep And Fey To Be Mommy & Me?

Streep And Fey To Be Mommy & Me?
As movie pairings go, Meryl Streep and Stanley Tucci steal a march over most. Their marital interplay helped take our minds off all those boiling lobsters in Julie & Julia, while the pair's catty interplay gave The Devil Wears Prada its satirical teeth. Glad tidings then, as Mommy & Me looks like reuniting the duo - albeit in slightly different capacities - adding a side order of Tina Fey for good measure, according to the La Times.While Mommy & Me is at a very early stage of development - there's no script or even writers attached - the project has enough of the bada bing factor to file firmly under 'watch this space'. CAA are current touting the mum-and-daughter comedy/drama around Tinseltown with Sony, the studio behind Julie & Julia, looking like favourites to land it.The ever-marvellous Tucci is attached to direct - his first directorial gig since 2007's Blind Date
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How the night unfolded …

The Hurt Locker was the big winner at this year's Oscars, emerging with six, including Kathryn Bigelow's history-making award for best director as well as best picture. Here's how Xan Brooks liveblogged the night

11.45pm: The 82nd annual Academy Awards begin with a carpet. This carpet is richly red and freshly laundered. It is guarded by security goons and bathed in spotlights.

Up the carpet come the early arrivals: the nominated and the not nominated and the milling dignitaries who don't seem quite sure where they are going. Some simple compass points: the street is behind them and the Kodak theatre is up ahead. After that you're on your own.

Few of these arrivals are as early as Mariah Carey, who breezily explains that she is on "Mariah Time". This presumably means that she can come and go as she pleases, and may well decide to take a nap
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